Not in a Billion Years by Camilla Isley
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Bestselling Camilla Isley returns with this gorgeously funny enemies-to-lovers rom-com, perfect for fans of Sarah Adams, Lynn Painter, and Jo Watson.
She’s a self-made fitness sensation. He’s a billionaire mogul. They’re sworn enemies and rivals… aren’t they?
Blake Avery knows all about hard work. She’s gone from making videos in her teenage bedroom to founding a booming fitness business and opening a state-of-the-art Manhattan gym. Now she’s on the cusp of realizing her wildest dreams, and she’s not going to let anyone stand in her way.
Certainly not man-of-the-hour Gabriel Mercer. He might be one of the biggest names in the fitness world and set women’s pulses soaring more than a grueling HIIT workout, but he grew up in a billionaire dynasty and had everything handed to him – or so Blake thinks.
But when Blake publicly criticizes Gabriel, she sparks a feud that neither entrepreneur is willing to back down from. And in an industry that seems determined to keep pushing them together, can Blake hold on to her grudge? Or will she finally warm up to Gabriel’s charm?
Every Camilla Isley book I’ve read makes me smile. Her characters are extremely likable and she does her research on her plotlines.
This delightful enemies-to-lovers rom-com revolves around a self-made Instagram fitness phenomenon and a billionaire mogul who start out as rivals with an undeniable attraction toward each other. Gabriel’s broody grunts and determination to win over Blake are endearing and I respect that he did not give up. Blake’s trust issues are understandable considering her ex gaslighted her and tried to ruin her care, but she cannot resist Gabriel’s charm and persistence leading to a beautiful culmination. However, Gabriel’s common practice of taking control of a desperate situation causes a big rift that could make or break their relationship.
The witty dialogue between Blake and Gabriel is my favorite part of this book. I was hooked from the start with Blake’s hilarious Post-It note to Gabriel’s pocket sending him on a wild goose chase and watching the swoony Gabriel pull out all the stops to show Blake how much he cares for her. I love that Blake is a smart, sassy, young entrepreneur who loves her job and takes no prisoners. It’s what makes her such a good match with Gabriel who has the same principles. His love for Blake is incredibly sweet and the things he does to prove it are a bit over the top, but noteworthy.
With that being said, I found the ending disappointing and unneeded considering Blake and Gabriel wanted to concentrate on each other first and wait on other things. It doesn’t always have to be the status quo every time.
Gabriel’s brother Thomas is the star of the show. He’s hilarious and loves his brother so much and he’s a good friend to Blake as well. Blake’s friend Marissa is a wonderful supporter as she provides sound advice to her best friend. Blake’s ex Justin is a sleazeball and I enjoy how Gabriel and Thomas have Blake’s back and would like nothing more than to punch Justin in the face.
If you adore charming and delightful romantic comedies with exceptional storylines, give this book a try.
Thank you to Ms. Isley for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Camilla Isley is an engineer who left science behind to write bestselling contemporary rom-coms set all around the world. She lives in Italy.
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